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  • Small-Business Owner to Politicians: Protect US Jobs Saturday, 29 Dec 2012 | 10:21 AM ET

    Two small-company owners said the debt-deal debacle is weighing down Main Street. And politicians need to prioritize U.S. jobs.

  • Obama: Optimistic We Can Still Reach Deal 'in Time' Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 6:06 PM ET
    President Barack Obama

    With "fiscal cliff" talks going to the wire, President Obama said Friday he was optimistic that an agreement can be reached in time to avert the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could throw the economy back into recession.

  • Ed Lazear, Stanford University

    With the "fiscal cliff" days away, former George W. Bush economic advisor Ed Lazear told CNBC on Friday it would be a mistake to rush a deal that will have a lasting impact on U.S. economic growth.

  • Warren Buffett said he remains confident the U.S. debt problem will be fixed...eventually, despite all the political fighting that's been sparked by the "fiscal cliff."

  • Possible 'Fiscal Cliff' Deal Signaled Ahead of Summit Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:41 PM ET

    Democratic and Republican sources involved in negotiations reported some progress Friday toward a potential deal averting the "fiscal cliff" ahead of an afternoon summit at the White House between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders.

  • Gird Your Loins: Here's How the 'Cliff' Will Hit You Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    If no "fiscal cliff" deal is reached, Americans could feel pain as taxes rise, unemployment benefits are cut and smaller changes take effect.

  • How No 'Cliff' Deal Will Hammer the Middle Class Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 11:04 AM ET

    There’s a common misperception about the fiscal cliff — that the tax increases only apply to 2013. Not true. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • Pending Home Sales Rise 1.7 Percent, Beat Forecast Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 10:01 AM ET
    Is There a Housing Shortage?

    A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes increased last month to its highest level in two and a half years, the latest sign of improvement in the housing market.

  • Business activity in the U.S. Midwest expanded in December, a report showed, boosted by a rebound in customer demand. But the pace of hiring in the sector was the slowest it has been in more than three years.

  • China's central bank will use various tools to ensure steady credit growth to support the economy while pursuing financial reform in the face of weakness and uncertainty in the global economic outlook, it said in comments published on Friday.

  • How the UK Tax Man Got Cozy With Big Business Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 4:53 AM ET
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    For Ian Barlow, Britain's tax authority has gone from being fearsome to being really rather nice.

  • Weak Japan Data Bolster Abe's Hand on Stimulus Friday, 28 Dec 2012 | 12:32 AM ET

    Poor Japanese manufacturing data on Friday gave new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe more ammunition to push for big spending and easy money to salvage the world's third largest economy from decades of deflation and its fourth recession since 2000.

  • As Clock Ticks, Can the US Avert 'Fiscal Cliff'? Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 11:28 PM ET

    President Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Friday in a last-ditch effort to avert a fiscal crisis. The NYT reports.

  • 'Container Cliff' Avoided Until Early February Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 8:20 PM ET
    Members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit walk a picket line near APM Terminals, halting cargo at the busiest seaport complex in the nation.

    After a week of negotiations, The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced that an agreement has been reached between the International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance.

  • Consumer, Businesses Brace for 'Fiscal Cliff' Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 12:51 PM ET
    Stocks Rally on Mushy ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Rumors

    Business managers have blamed uncertainties over the looming "fiscal cliff" for their lack of new hiring. We may be about to find out just how justified those fears are.

  • New Home Sales Rise to Highest Level Since 2010 Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 10:02 AM ET
    Pending Home Sales Surge to Five Year High

    New U.S. single-family home sales accelerated in November to the fastest pace in 2 1/2 years and median sales price jumped, but economic optimism was tempered by a report showing falling consumer confidence.

  • Jobless Claims Continue Trend Lower; Sandy Fades Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment aid fell last week to nearly its lowest level in 4 1/2 years, a sign that the labor market is healing.

  • The 'Fiscal Cliff' Doesn't Matter: Economist   Thursday, 27 Dec 2012 | 2:00 AM ET
    The 'Fiscal Cliff' Doesn't Matter: Economist

    Roger Nightingale, Economist at RDN Associates argues the "fiscal cliff" doesn't matter and the U.S. economy will head into recession, irrespective of what Congress and the White House do.

  • Talks to Avoid East Coast Port Strike to Resume Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 10:18 PM ET
    West Coast Wrap: Port of Los Angeles

    The International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance will go back to the negotiation table to try to avert a longshoreman's strike that would close 15 ports from Massachusetts to Texas.

  • Profits at China's Factories Jump as Economy Recovers Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 | 9:56 PM ET
    Labors work at a factory's workshop in Huaying, Sichuan province of China.

    Annual growth of China's industrial profits quickened to 22.8 percent in November from October's 20.5 percent, official data showed on Thursday, reinforcing signs of a steady economic recovery thanks to pro-growth policies.

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